United Front or Bust

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 2207 ... October 3, 2020

United Front or Bust

Ethan Young

People lie. People cheat. People steal. Some get punished. Some wind up taking the punishment for someone else. That’s the way of this wicked world. But a wise man once said that the prevailing ideology of a society reflects the ideology of its ruling class. So, when the president blatantly lies, cheats, steals and twiddles his lips as others suffer, it follows that people will lose confidence in truth, honesty, property and the rule of law.

It’s a bitter lesson, and the capitalist class is only starting to get it. We face the distinct possibility of a presidential election where the popular vote will be irrelevant, as it was in 2016. We can’t even be sure that the Electoral College will be relevant, if Trump makes a hash of the voting process and the other powers-that-be play possum, as they have on other occasions.

This is the agony of the pre-election months of 2020. The whole world is living through it, because if the Republicans continue to... see the pandemic as a casino chip, the cost in lives worldwide will be incalculable. And yet it looks like they will continue this way. The Democratic Party is running against the lurking threat to social peace that would hurt the functioning of a society based on private commerce. Trump is promoting race war and even running on it.

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